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South Africa to Draft International Education Policy

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:30:00 EDT

South Africa's Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) released new guidelines this year calling for an improved internationalization strategy. In creating new policies, South Africa hopes to foster partnerships between foreign institutions and historically disadvantaged universities and strengthen economic ties with other countries. Learn more about the DHET's new plan.

International Students Appear in College Search Blog

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:30:00 EDT

For several years, The New York Times' education blog The Choice has run a series featuring high school students in the midst of the college application process. This year for the first time, "The Envelope, Please" includes international students applying to U.S. institutions. Follow the students as they discuss the search and deal with financial aid and visa issues.

Diplomats Approve of Canadian Student Mobility Plan

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:30:00 EDT

Following recommendations that Canada should send 50,000 students to study abroad within ten years, Chinese and Brazilian diplomats are showing their support for the plan. Brazil and China are top destinations listed by an advisory panel, and officials applaud plans to increase both inbound and outbound educational exchange. Read more in "Diplomats Support "Two-way" Mobility with Canada

Students Head to China, Russia for Medical Studies

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:00:00 EDT

Foreign students, particularly those from India, increasingly are pursuing medical studies in China and Russia, reports University World News. Read "China Has Become Preferred Destination for Medical Education."

New Restrictions Make Travel to Cuba More Difficult

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:00:00 EDT

The U.S. Treasury Department recently tightened restrictions on educational trips to Cuba, and many tour operators are facing uncertainty, reports the Los Angeles Times. Following complaints about some "people-to-people" trips, the Treasury Department has been slow to renew travel licenses, and several organizations have been forced to cancel trips. Read more in "Cuba Limbo: Island-bound U.S. Groups Face Licensing Questions."

Online Learning and Branch Campuses

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:00:00 EDT

What does increased access to online learning mean for the future of international branch campuses? Read an opinion piece from Jason Lane and Kevin Kinser in The Chronicle of Higher Education's Worldwise blog.

SEVP Informs SEVIS Users of SEVIS-SAVE Data Interface Problems

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 09:59:00 EDT

On August 24, 2012, SEVP sent a broadcast message to SEVIS users, updating them on recent difficulties with the SEVIS-SAVE interface that have been causing problems with students and exchange visitors seeking a Social Security Number or a driver's license.

Graduate Students Hone Their English Language Skills

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 09:35:00 EDT

International graduate students in the United States increasingly are getting help from their universities as they work on improving their English language skills to be ready for teaching jobs, reports The New York Times.

New Report on Better Understanding Prospective Foreign Students

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 09:35:00 EDT

What types of prospective international students apply to and enroll in U.S. institutions -- "strivers," "strugglers," "explorers," or "highfliers?" A new report from World Education Services, Inc., a NAFSA global partner, Not All International Students Are the Same: Understanding Segments, Mapping Behavior, examines these four different student types and their potential impact on recruitment strategies. Read more in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

Study Abroad Destinations: What's Hot, What's Not

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 09:35:00 EDT

Where did U.S. students go during the 2009-2010 academic year to study abroad? What were the most and least popular destinations? Visit "Top Study-Abroad Destinations for U.S. Students, 2009-10," a feature of The Chronicle of Higher Education's Almanac of Higher Education 2012.

International Graduate Admissions to U.S. Schools Jump 9 Percent

Wed, 28 Aug 2012 15:45:00 EDT

Admission offers to prospective international students from U.S. graduate schools increased 9 percent in 2012, reports the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The third consecutive year of growth includes a significant boost in offers to students from China, the Middle East, and Brazil.

Iran Reportedly Bans Women from Some Fields of Study

Wed, 28 Aug 2012 15:45:00 EDT

An Iranian Web site is reporting that women in Iran are being barred from pursuing certain fields of study, including engineering and accounting. Read more in Rooz Online and follow the story in The New York Times.

Regional Globalism and International Higher Education in Asia

Wed, 28 Aug 2012 15:45:00 EDT

From the explosion of higher education hubs and education cities to new government policies and reforms designed to attract and retain global talent, Asia has been at the forefront of developments in international higher education. NAFSA Board of Directors member Yenbo Wu highlights Asia's dramatic rise in the field and the effect of intra-Asia collaboration and globalism on the United States and the world in the newest piece on trends and insights in international education.

U.S. Education a Draw for Global Leaders

Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:45:00 EDT

The Washington Times reports on how U.S. colleges and universities have hosted--and continue to draw--international students who go on to high-profile positions as diplomats, politicians, and business leaders in countries around the world. Read more in "Armed with U.S. Education, Many Leaders Take on World."

Canadian Panel Urges Investment in International Education

Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:45:00 EDT

An advisory group to Canada's government has released a report detailing the impact of international education on the Canadian economy. The report includes a number of recommendations related to investing in study abroad and international student recruitment, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Apply for Campus Internationalization Award

Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:45:00 EDT

The 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization competition is now open. Apply by October 15, 2012 for your institution's chance to be recognized for its international education efforts. Through its Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, NAFSA recognizes institutions for overall excellence in internationalization efforts as evidenced in practices, structures, philosophies, and policies.

DHS' Deferred Action Policy for DREAM-Eligible Students Goes Into Effect

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:30:00 EDT

In a letter to President Obama this week, NAFSA: Association of International Educators Executive Director Marlene M. Johnson urged "great care" in the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-administered program that is designed to offer a temporary legal reprieve, on a rigorous case-by-case basis, to undocumented young people who were brought to the United States by their parents as children. The program begins accepting applications today.

Countries in Europe Vie for Foreign Students

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:15:00 EDT

European countries, eager to build up a globally competitive work force, are making themselves more attractive to international students, reports The New York Times. Learn more about how Germany, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Sweden are trying to recruit and retain students who are not from Europe.

"A Bright Light" in Nigeria

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:15:00 EDT

The president of the American University of Nigeria, an institution established in 2004 by the country's former vice president, comments on the future of the young school and its role in providing an American-style education in Yolo, Nigeria. Read more in "A Bright Light" in Inside Higher Ed.

New Resources for DREAM Deferred Action Application

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:15:00 EDT

As the August 15 acceptance date for DREAM deferred action applications approaches, new resources for those interested in applying are available. The United We DREAM coalition has launched a new Web site, Own the DREAM, which features information about legal clinics and other resources, with tools categorized by state and county. For additional resources and more information, please visit Connecting Our World.

Virtual Tours Help Universities Reach International Students

Wed, 8 Jul 2012 10:00:00 EDT

Online tours of U.S. colleges and universities are providing an alternate way to connect with both domestic and international students, reports The New York Times in "Universities Turn to Internet for Virtual Tours."

Foreign Students Contribute $8 Billion to Canadian Economy

Wed, 8 Jul 2012 10:00:00 EDT

International students in Canada spent more than $8 billion in 2010, according to a new report from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. The majority of international students studying in Canada come from countries in Asia. Read the report online.

Public Schools Eye International Students

Wed, 8 Jul 2012 10:00:00 EDT

The Boston Globe reports on several public school districts in Massachusetts that are planning to host tuition-paying international students.

Europe's Erasmus Program Celebrates 25 Years

Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:33:13 EDT

The New York Times profiles the Erasmus Program, an educational exchange initiative funded by the European Union and now celebrating its 25th year.

Taiwan Launches New Scholarship Program

Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:33:13 EDT

With the number of Taiwanese students studying abroad reportedly dipping to a 10-year low, Taiwan is launching a new scholarship program designed to boost the number of doctoral and postdoctoral students attending the world's top universities. Read more in "Taiwan Offers US $5 Million in Scholarships" in the PIE Professionals in International Education) News.

U.S-Ireland Exchange Program at Risk

Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:33:13 EDT

The director of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship program, which provides postgraduate study opportunities in Ireland for U.S. students and scholars, weighs in on a recent decision by the U.S. State Department to cut funding for the program. Read more in "Saving Educational Exchanges with Ireland" in The Chronicle of Higher Education's WorldWise blog.

Indonesia Prepares to Welcome Branch Campuses

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:09:13 EDT

Indonesia recently passed a law that will permit foreign universities to set up branch campuses in the country. Read "Indonesia Opens Up to Foreign Universities" in PIE (Professionals in International Education) News.

New Report on Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:09:12 EDT

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report, Student and Exchange Visitor Program: DHS Needs to Assess Risks and Strengthen Oversight Functions, which recommends that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) identify and assess program risks, consistently implement procedures for ensuring schools' eligibility, address missing school case files, and establish target time frames to notify flight schools lacking required FAA certification that they must reobtain FAA certification.

State Universities Seek Out Alternate Funding

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:09:11 EDT

As public universities deal with state funding cuts, many institutions are raising tuition and accepting more out-of-state applicants, including international students, according to a Reuters news article.

Ecuador Launches Study Abroad Initiative

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:05:59 EDT

Ecuador has developed a new scholarship program in which professionals have an opportunity to study abroad on the government's tab in exchange for a commitment to work in Ecuador once studies are completed, reports the Associated Press. Read more in "Ecuador's gambit: Study abroad, apply at home."

Qatar Continues to Invest in International Education

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:05:59 EDT

BBC News explores the education system in the Gulf state of Qatar, where there has been considerable investment in international projects. Read "Why is Qatar investing so much in education?"

"Globals" Seek Experiences Abroad

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:05:59 EDT

Greater numbers of 20- and early-30-somethings from the United States are studying, living, and working abroad, reports National Public Radio in a story profiling the "first globals" generation. Read or listen to the story for highlights from research into the characteristics and interests of this group.

Vietnam's Education System Faces Challenges

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:32:20 EDT

Vietnam's education system has been in the news recently, with an Associated Press article highlighting challenges leading Vietnam's middle class to seek out international-style schools as well as colleges and universities abroad.

Spike in Applications to Hong Kong Universities

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:32:20 EDT

Universities in Hong Kong have experienced a marked spike in applications from foreign students for the upcoming academic year, reports The International Herald Tribune.

New Report Tracks Internationalization on U.S. Campuses

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:32:20 EDT

A new report on campus internationalization from the American Council on Education offers mixed reviews on the state of internationalization on U.S. campuses. Read or download the 2012 edition of Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses. Learn more about NAFSA's resources related to comprehensive internationalization.

Supreme Court Rules on Arizona Immigration Law

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:26:26 EDT

NAFSA: Association of International Educators applauds yesterday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down three of four key elements of SB 1070, the controversial anti-immigrant law passed by the state of Arizona in 2010. NAFSA has been a vocal opponent of the law, urging the U.S. Department of Justice to vigorously pursue legal challenges to state-level anti-immigrant laws, calling on other states to refrain from enacting similar laws, and urging the U.S. Congress to move expeditiously to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

Canadian Province to Link Graduates with Overseas Work

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:26:26 EDT

The provincial government of Alberta in Canada is launching a new program this fall designed to link recent graduates with overseas work opportunities, reports The Calgary Herald.

New Report from British Council Examines UK Share of In'l Students

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:26:26 EDT

The British Council has released a report predicting a smaller rate of growth in numbers of international students attending UK universities than in years past, according to an article in The Times Higher Education.

Continuing the Celebration of International Education Through Video

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:00:20 EDT

NAFSA recently held its inaugural international education video contest in which institutions were invited to submit short videos demonstrating how their international education initiatives promote peace and justice through:

New Study Explores Friendships Developed by International Students in the United States

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:00:20 EDT

According to a new study, nearly 40 percent of international students in the United States say they don't have close American friends. Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education report on research that was recently published in the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.

India Issues Rule on International Partnerships

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:00:20 EDT

A new regulation from India's higher education regulatory commission would allow collaborations between Indian universities and foreign universities that rank within the top 500 globally, reports University World News. While legislation allowing branch campuses in India has stalled, this rule would pave the way for institutions to set up joint and dual degree programs.

DHS Announces Deferred Action Policy for DREAM-Eligible Students

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 10:40:20 EDT

NAFSA: Association of International Educators applauds Friday's action by the Obama Administration to end deportations of undocumented young people in the United States who would be eligible for a path to legal status under the DREAM Act.

USCIS Webinars on New Electronic Immigration System

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 10:40:20 EDT

USCIS will host a series of webinars in June and July to allow participants to learn about the features of its new "electronic immigration system" known as USCIS ELIS. For a schedule of the webinars and information on registering, visit the USCIS Web site.

Highlights from NAFSA's 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in Houston

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:10:20 EDT

NAFSA's 64th Annual Conference & Expo, held May 27-June 1 in Houston, attracted more than 8,500 attendees from more than 95 countries. Review NAFSA's blog, photo slideshow, and all of the tweets using the #NAFSA12 hashtag for a recap of conference highlights. And don't forget to mark your calendar for NAFSA's 65th Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, May 26-31, 2013. Proposals are now being accepted for sessions and workshops.

Indian Currency's Decline Impacts Study Abroad

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:10:20 EDT

The declining value of the Indian rupee is making it increasingly difficult for Indian students to study abroad, especially in the United States, reports the Indian business daily in "Debt Worries Rise for Students Eyeing Foreign Schools."

Chinese Students Tackle Gao Kao Exam

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:10:20 EDT

More than 9 million Chinese students took the "gao kao" college entrance exam last week. The International Herald Tribune explores the culture of college entrance test taking in China in an article titled "Putting Chinese Students to the Test."

NAFSA Congratulates National Award Winners

Tue, 22 May 2012 16:20:20 EDT

NAFSA congratulates the recipients of its prestigious annual awards and those honored with life membership. They will be recognized at NAFSA's 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in Houston. The 2012 national award recipients are: Cassandra Pyle Award: Vivien Stewart, Asia Society; Marita Houlihan Award: Ellen Badger, Binghamton University, State University of New York; Homer Higbee Award: Rose Mary Valencia, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Life Membership: Robert (Bob) Ericksen, UCLA; Jon Booth, Syracuse University; Kay Thomas, University of Minnesota; William (Bill) Barnhart, University of Utah; and Janet Constantinides, University of Wyoming.

Get Social in Houston

Tue, 22 May 2012 16:20:20 EDT

Can't make it to the annual conference? Read the NAFSA blog for daily highlights and be sure to follow the #NAFSA12 hashtag on Twitter. Attending the conference and planning on tweeting? Make sure to use the #NAFSA12 hashtag and be on the lookout for live tweets from our local arrangements team. Don't forget to add the conference to your calendar on Facebook!

Learn from NAFSA's Outstanding Plenary Speakers

Tue, 22 May 2012 16:20:20 EDT

This final week before NAFSA’s 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in Houston is an excellent time to mark your Conference Connection calendar with the many meetings, events, and visits you want to schedule to ensure that you reconnect with partners, find new partners, and touch base with colleagues from around the world.

Evaluation of National Higher Education Systems Places United States First

Tue, 15 May 2012 15:45:10 EDT

A new ranking by Universitas 21 of nearly 50 higher education systems throughout the world places the United States in the first spot, followed by Sweden, Canada, Finland, and Denmark. Learn how the rankings were developed and see how other countries measure up.

Medical Education in Rwanda Inspires International Community

Tue, 15 May 2012 15:45:10 EDT

A feature article in The New York Times looks at how Rwanda's success in providing health care and insurance to 90 percent of its population has captured the attention of international educators and the global medical community. Read "Hands-On Medical Education in Rwanda."

Germany to Become More Welcoming to Foreign Students

Thu, 09 May 2012 10:45:10 EDT

The German parliament has approved legislation that promises to improve conditions for international students and academics in Germany, reports University World News.

NAFSA's International Education Video Celebration: Vote for Your Favorite Video

Thu, 09 May 2012 10:45:10 EDT

More than 60 individuals and universities submitted videos to NAFSA's video contest. Our panel of judges reviewed the entries and selected six finalists for online voting. Watch all six videos and cast a vote for your favorite. The top three videos will be shown at NAFSA's Annual Business Meeting in Houston during the annual conference, and the institution with the winning video will receive an award in recognition of its commitment to furthering international education.

Preview the New NAFSA Web Site

Thu, 09 May 2012 10:45:10 EDT

NAFSA's Web Services team wants your opinion on the next generation of the NAFSA Web site. Sign up for a user test during the annual conference in Houston and share your feedback.

Countries Release Statement on Ethical Recruitment of International Students

Thu, 03 May 2012 16:45:10 EDT

Several countries - the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand - recently issued a joint statement outlining ethical principles related to the use of international student recruitment agents, reports Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Business Schools Launch Global Network

Thu, 03 May 2012 16:45:10 EDT

Leaders from more than 20 international business schools gathered recently at the inaugural meeting of the Global Network for Advanced Management, the first global network of business schools.

Houston: The Lay of the Land

Thu, 03 May 2012 16:45:10 EDT

Live from Discovery Green, it’s Adam Chen and Cory Owen. We want to personally welcome you to Houston for the 2012 NAFSA Annual Conference! While you're not busy attending sessions, networking, or visiting the Expo Hall, be sure to spend some time exploring Houston.

Japan to Invest in Study Abroad

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:45:10 EST

Japan's education ministry recently announced plans to dramatically increase the number of Japanese students studying overseas by providing subsidies to help Japanese universities start study abroad programs, reports The Japan Times.

"Smart State" Takes Shape in Australia

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:45:10 EST

The Chronicle of Higher Education explores the journey of Queensland, Australia, in becoming a "Smart State," or knowledge economy, and how its transformation has boosted the number of scientists and research institutes there.

Examining the Drivers of Internationalization

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:30:10 EST

In an opinion article in University World News, NAFSA Senior Fellow for Internationalization Madeleine F. Green examines some of the motivations that drive higher education institutions to engage in internationalization, including preparing students for "global citizenship." Green will speak on the concept of global citizenship at NAFSA's 2012 Annual Conference this May in Houston.

New China Publications from NAFSA

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:30:10 EST

NAFSA Publications has added two more white papers to the popular Zinch China series, now totaling eight. Interviewing Chinese Candidates: A Case Study explains an intriguing approach successfully practiced for interviewing qualified applicants. Chinese Students: Survey Profiles Key Indicators reports survey information gathered to make it easier for admissions officers to target their recruiting efforts through better understanding of Chinese students.

Discover Good Eats in Houston

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:30:10 EST

There are so many delicious restaurants in Houston, it was hard to choose just a few! These are some of my personal favorites and recommendations. Be sure to comment on this post and let me know if you find a great spot I’ve missed; I’m sure there are plenty!

New Zealand Invests in International Education Strategy

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:15:10 EST

New Zealand is expanding its strategic efforts related to international education, establishing an international education marketing and promotion agency and making it easier for Asian students to apply for visas, reports The New York Times in "New Zealand Casts Itself as Destination for International Students."

Graduate Business Schools Refocus on Helping International Students Land Jobs

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:15:10 EST

In a challenging job market, graduate business schools are seeking out new strategies for helping foreign students get work after they graduate, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Grants to Help Russians Study Abroad

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:15:10 EST

Russian President-Elect Vladimir Putin recently announced that the government of Russia will provide grants to help Russian students attend foreign universities. The grants will support such areas of study as higher education management, state and municipal administration, and high-tech business, reports global news network RT.

International Student Applications to U.S. Graduate Schools Up 9 Percent

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:12:12 EST

An annual Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) report released today shows a 9 percent increase in international graduate student applications to U.S. schools for fall 2012, following an 11 percent gain in 2011 and matching the 9 percent growth in 2010. The survey shows a seventh successive year of double-digit growth in applications from China, up 18 percent, compared with a 21 percent increase in 2011. Learn more in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, and read the full report on the CGS Web site.

International Plenary Speaker Jan Eliasson in the News

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:55:10 EST

NAFSA congratulates Jan Eliasson on his newly appointed position as United Nations deputy secretary-general. Eliasson, a veteran international mediator, will serve as the international plenary and luncheon speaker at this year's annual conference in Houston. Those who register for the plenaryby April 13 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to join an in-depth discussion with Eliasson after his plenary address.

New Internationalization Resources

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:55:10 EST

Look for two new resources on the Inter-associational Network for Campus Internationalization (INCI) Web site, one on Measuring the Impact of Study Abroad and one on Public-Private Partnerships. INCI serves as a portal to nearly 200 internationalization-related resources offered by 12 higher education associations.

Syria to Be Designated for Temporary Protected Status

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:55:10 EST

DHS Secretary Napolitano has announced that Syria will be designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months. A Federal Register notice to be published by DHS this week will officially designate Syria, set the registration and application period, and provide additional guidance on applying for the TPS benefit. Read a USCIS news announcement and an announcement from Secretary Napolitano.

Study Abroad Destinations Shift Across Middle East

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:15:10 EST

Western students who once lined up to study in Egypt and Syria have been heading to Beirut to study abroad due to dangerous conditions in those countries during the past year, reports Inside Higher Ed in "Unlikely Shelter."

Enjoy Weekend Getaways and Day Trips in Houston

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:15:10 EST

Planning a day trip while you're in Houston for NAFSA's annual conference? You're in luck. Local Texan Mark Powell has great recommendations for day trips and weekend getaways. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or a foodie, Texas has the trip for you! Learn more in NAFSA's blog.

Brazil Invests Heavily in Scholarship Program

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:15:10 EST

The Economist explores education in Brazil in a feature that looks at the numbers and types of Brazilian students studying abroad, including through Brazil's new Science Without Borders scholarship program.

Chinese Institutions Boost Recruitment of Foreign Academics

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:15:10 EST

The New York Times reports on the increase in foreign academics at Chinese universities and what this means for institutions in Western countries in "Chinese Universities Send Big Signals to Foreigners."

Eight U.S. Campuses Recognized for Excellence in Internationalization

Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:10:10 EDT

NAFSA has announced the five recipients of the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization and three recipients of the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Awards for specific internationalization initiatives.

Getting Students Involved in Solving Global Issues

Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:10:10 EDT

Student-based programs are becoming a great way for universities to research global issues and increase student involvement in advancing social change. Read about several initiatives involving cooperation among students to find solutions to global problems in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

International Education Video Celebration

Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:10:10 EDT

Join NAFSA in celebrating international education as an essential component in building a better world. We're excited to announce a new video competition for institutions to highlight how their international education programs promote peace and justice, bridge cultural boundaries, contribute to global health and development, encourage environmental sustainability, and help prepare global-ready graduates. Team up with colleagues on your campus to make a video of five minutes or less and submit it today.

Marlene M. Johnson Appointed to Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council

Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:10:10 EDT

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has appointed NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Marlene M. Johnson to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC). The new council, comprised of university presidents and academic leaders, is charged with advising Secretary Napolitano and senior leadership at DHS on issues related to U.S. higher education.

Preparing to Send More U.S. Students to Study in China

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:30:10 EDT

The February 2012 issue of Language Magazine explores the Obama administration's 100,000 Strong initiative, providing an overview of how organizations, educators, and companies in the United States are preparing to support sending even greater numbers of U.S. students abroad to study in China.

University Leaders Partner to Support Higher Ed in Iraq

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:30:10 EDT

Leaders from U.S. and Iraqi universities met recently to discuss better ways of collaborating around efforts to rebuild Iraq's higher education system, reports Inside Higher Ed.

Articles Look at Impact of Fraud on International Education

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:30:10 EDT

The impact of fraud on international education is the topic of a recent University World News feature, which examines the drivers of fraud as well as impacts and a framework for considering solutions. Learn more about academic credential fraud in "Keeping it Honest," an in-depth article in the January/February 2011 issue of International Educator magazine.

Higher Education Leaders in Canada Call for More Study Abroad

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:20:10 EDT

University presidents in Canada want to greatly increase the number of Canadian students studying abroad, reports The Globe and Mail. According to the article, about nine in 10 Canadian students attend university in their home province.

Managing a Mid-Career Transition

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:11:44 EDT

Are you going through a mid-career transition or considering one in the near future? Read the newest article in NAFSA's Career Center by NAFSA member Martin Tillman for tips, strategies, and thoughtful questions to help ease your transition. Then read Tillman's related blog post and add your own tips for making a smooth career transition.

Changes to Summer Work Travel Program

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 15:30:19 EDT

Following complaints and protests by participants, several major changes are in store for the J-1 Summer Work Travel program. A memo obtained by the AP says that the U.S. Department of State (DOS) wants to stop abuse of this particular exchange program by restricting the types of jobs in which program sponsors can place participants, among other changes.

Catholic Colleges Explore Ways to Help Undocumented Students

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 15:30:19 EDT

Read about how officials from several Catholic colleges are urging their peers to offer financial assistance and resources to help provide undocumented students with an affordable education in this article from Inside Higher Ed. Learn more about state activities related to providing in-state tuition for undocumented students in International Educator magazine.

Michigan Governor Urges Action to Retain Global Talent

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 15:30:19 EDT

On February 1, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce on the topic of expanding opportunities for job creation. He urged Congress to take steps to reform inflexible immigration laws to "better attract highly educated foreign talent and investors."

Debating the Merits of Foreign-Language Learning

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:40:19 EDT

Is foreign-language learning superfluous in today's world? Read NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Marlene M. Johnson's response to a recent New York Times opinion article by Lawrence Summers, and follow the ongoing debate with educators, writers, and a global executive in "English Is Global, So Why Learn Arabic?," a follow-up feature in The New York Times.

Japanese Universities Consider Fall Start to Academic Year

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:40:19 EDT

The University of Tokyo is taking steps to change its school calendar so that the academic year starts in the fall instead of the spring, reports The Japan Times. Leaders in Japan have remarked that the move will help Japanese universities compete with universities overseas and advance internationalization.

Branch Campuses Continue Steady Growth

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:40:19 EDT

The number of international branch campuses continues to rise, with universities in the United States leading in terms of percentage and number of campuses abroad, according to a new report from the UK-based Observatory on Borderless Higher Education. Read more in Times Higher Educationand The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Building Your Professional Network

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:40:19 EDT

Marty Tillman, president of Global Career Compass, recently created a new resource on effectively building a network in the field of international education. Tillman discusses why it's important to network, situations best suited for networking, and what he calls "networking competencies." We want to hear from you! What tips and strategies have you developed to build your professional network? Share your thoughts on the NAFSA blog.

Firms in Asia Invest in Western Business Degrees

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:52:19 EDT

In an effort to be competitive, companies in Asia increasingly are sending their employees to Western business schools to secure business degrees and executive MBAs, reports The International Herald Tribune.

Reflecting on Internationalization of Higher Education

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:52:18 EDT

In a post on WorldWise, a blog of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Francisco Marmolejo, executive director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration and former NAFSA board member, reflects on two recent meetings devoted to the topic of internationalization of higher education.

What is Global Citizenship and Why Does it Matter?

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:52:17 EDT

NAFSA Senior Fellow for Internationalization Madeleine Green notes in a new article that 'the concept of global citizenship is not a new one; it can be traced back to ancient Greece. But the concept and the term seem to have new currency and are now widely used in higher education.'

Latin American Students Look to Australia

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:30:23 EDT

Latin American students encountering stringent visa regulations for study in the United States are finding plenty of higher education opportunities in Australia, reports Fox News Latino. An initiative calling for easier visa access and more scholarships has caused Latin American student numbers to jump in recent years.

Supreme Court Will Hear Arizona Immigration Law Case

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:18:23 EDT

On December 12, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's anti-immigration law.

Indian Students Seek Out New Locations

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:18:15 EDT

Indian students increasingly are looking to study in destinations other than the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, according to an analysis in University World News.

Exploring Accessible Higher Education for the Developing World

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:18:11 EDT

Joan Dassin, recipient of NAFSA's Marita Houlihan Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of International Education in 2011, discusses successful programs that increase access to higher education for students and scholars in developing countries and strategies that encourage academic success.

Language Skills Found to Deter Chinese Students

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 07:57:19 EDT

A survey conducted by Zinch China, a NAFSA Global Partner, found that the majority of Chinese students wanting to study in the United States can afford to do so, but not all of them possess the ability to function in an English-speaking classroom.

New Report Addresses Global Engagement Opportunities

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 07:56:48 EDT

A new American Council on Education report, Strength through Global Leadership and Engagement: U.S. Higher Education in the 21st Century, says that U.S. colleges and universities must develop an international strategy to be competitive in years to come.

Study Abroad and Global Education in the Spotlight

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 07:56:12 EDT

NAFSA, Goucher College, and honorary cohost Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) led a policy discussion on the value of study abroad at a Capitol Hill event last week. Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mikulski both spoke passionately about the need for international education. Following the senators' remarks, a panel of distinguished higher education leaders discussed the challenges and innovative solutions they have found to internationalize their campuses.

International Students Contribute More Than $20 Billion to U.S. Economy

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:08:44 EDT

International students and their dependents contributed $20.23 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2010-2011 academic year, according to a new NAFSA report. Download a free report about the value of international students to your state, congressional district, and institution at